Following a hereditary heart problem diagnosis, Enock Mpewu was forced to call it quits in his playing career.
If Enock were to continue playing competitive football, his condition, which can get worse with time, would put him at a very high risk of having a potentially deadly cardiac attack.
Tony Bloom, the club’s chairman, commented, “We are all utterly devastated for Enock. While we are merely grateful he has survived the past few weeks’ hardship for him and his family, he has seen a great career cut short at such a young age.
During the international break, Enock became ill on a flight to link up with Zambia. After spending some time in a hospital in Mali, he returned to Brighton to undertake more cardiac tests and receive continuous care.
Based on these tests, it has been determined that the patient’s sickness is caused by a hereditary cardiac ailment that emerges later in life and was previously undetectable by routine cardiac screening. Unfortunately, engaging in physical activity can make this worse, therefore Enock has been told that the only course of action is for him to cease playing football for the sake of his own safety.